Maplecroft webinar series
Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum: Child Labour
How can responsible businesses address child labour responsibly given the complex social and economic context in which it occurs? While a business may seek to respect the international conventions and national laws on minimum age, dismissing children from the workplace may leave them vulnerable to more exploitative work elsewhere, as well as negative health and wellbeing implications due to increased poverty within the family. Businesses must find a way of balancing these two polarising issues – responsible management and the formulation of innovative strategies to cope with child labour can help to protect the rights of children.
Presented by CEO Alyson Warhurst, Director Gus Macfarlane and Analyst Gabriella Sethi, in association with the United National Global Compact (UNGC) and the GE Foundation, this webinar will:
- Outline the dilemma responsible businesses face in addressing the presence of child labour in its supply chain, particularly in locations where child labour is relatively common and where there is evidence that removing income-generating opportunities will push children into deeper poverty or other forms of exploitation
- Explore suggested best practice to help MNCs engage in human rights due diligence to a level commensurate with the risks of child labour within its supply chains, and positively impact the child labour issues at stake in order to discharge its responsibility to respect human rights.
- Examine and debate the manner in which companies have so far addressed this and other challenging issues in complex environments
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